May 4, 2015 8:00a.m. - June 5, 2015 5:00p.m. (MDT)
ACTION REQUIRED REGARDING MEDICAL BENEFITS
Utah State University works diligently to provide you with the best possible medical insurance options at the lowest cost. Our current network offered through Regence BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) of Utah is known as the Preferred Blue Options (PBO) network. Due to circumstances beyond the control of USU and Regence BCBS, the PBO network will no longer be available after June 30, 2015. As a result of this change, USU and Regence BCBS will offer 2 new insurance network options to benefit eligible employees for the 2015-16 plan year.
All benefit eligible employees must complete a new medical enrollment form and select
BENEFITS OPEN HOUSE - May 27-28, June 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Center and West Colony Rooms, TSC
The Office of Human Resources is offering Open Enrollment and Benefits Open Houses on May 27-28 and June 3, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Center Colony and West Colony rooms of the Taggart Student Center. Human Resources representatives will be available to assist you and answer questions relating to benefits and open enrollment.
Two Medical Networks
The network options are:
This is the broadest network offered. It currently provides access to 49 Utah hospitals including Logan Regional Hospital, Cache Valley Specialty Hospital, University of Utah Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital and McKay-Dee Hospital
USU offers 3 medical insurance plans: Choice High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP), Wellness (White), and High Premium (Blue). The Choice HDHP is a non-traditional plan with the option of a Health Savings Account. With the Wellness (White) and High Premium (Blue) plans you have the option to also enroll in Flex Spending. All 3 plans include Vision Care.
Does your Spouse or Domestic Partner also work at USU?
When both spouses or domestic partners work for USU they have the option of selecting a DUAL COVERAGE medical plan.
HealthSparq - A Tool to Compare Health Care Costs and Find Providers
HealthSparq takes the guesswork out of health care shopping. Find costs customized to you, read reviews and search for doctors click here to visit HealthSparq now to log in or create an account
Ready to Enroll?
If you cannot complete the online enrollment you can use the paper form by clicking here.
VRx — USU’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager
Beginning July 1, 2015, VRx Pharmacy Services will become Utah State University’s new pharmacy benefit manager for employees participating in the High Premium Plan and the Wellness Plan. Regence BCBS will continue to provide pharmacy benefits for employees on the Choice High Deductible Plan. VRx is a Salt Lake City, Utah-based Pharmacy Services Manager dedicated to improving pharmacy services while placing significant emphasis on providing quality customer service. For more information about VRx, view the VRx INFO SHEET
Dental insurance is provided by Regence BCBS of Utah
- Examinations, fillings, X-rays, sealants, etc., covered at 80%.
- Sealants are covered for dependent children only.
- Maximum benefit per person per contract year is $1,500.
- Prosthetics: Dentures, bridges, crowns, implants, etc., covered at 50%.
- Orthodontics: Eligible benefits are paid at 50%.
- Maximum benefit on orthodontics is $1,500 per person per lifetime
|Employee Plus One Dependent||$18.18|
|Employee Plus Two or More Dependents||$32.96|
HealthSparq — A Tool to Compare Health Care Costs and Find Providers
Now is the perfect time to try HealthSparq.
With a new health plan year upon us, now is a perfect time to try HealthSparq - a medical shopping tool to find doctors, compare costs, and connect with a doctor online. HealthSparq takes the guesswork out of important health care decisions and will save you time in the process. Whether you have an urgent need, want to schedule a routine exam, or are looking for guidance on an elective medical treatment, HealthSparq can help – anytime, anywhere.
Now, you can easily:
- Find doctors. Identify providers by medical specialty or facilities that specialize in the procedure you need. You can also filter by gender and network and sort by distance
- Compare costs. Calculate and compare the cost for office visits or medical treatments by providers who meet your criteria
- Get personalized estimates. Once you link your Regence health plan information, you’ll be able to see your share of the cost for health care services, taking into account your deductible and other important plan details. HealthSparq will help you spend your health care dollars wisely
What’s more, HealthSparq provides you access to MDLive. You now have a convenient and affordable way to connect with a doctor on your schedule. MDLive lets you consult with a board-certified doctor online or over the phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even holidays. Best of all, this service only requires a $10 co-pay.
Get started now:
- Visit HealthSparq or
- Speak with a Concierge Specialist – a health care expert - who can help you find convenient, high-quality health care at the best price and help you navigate the tangled world of health care. They are available Monday through Friday 7 a.m.– 5 p.m. Pacific Time at 866-228-7001.
Try it. Be a part of the revolution in health care shopping!
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - Is it Right for You?
*You Must Enroll Every Year*
The FSA is available for those who enroll in the Wellness (White) and High Premium (Blue) plans. If you enroll in the Choice (HDHP) plan you do not qualify for the Medical FSA, but you may contribute to the Dependent Care FSA.
Utah State University offers employees a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for both health expenses and dependent care expenses that are incurred during the plan year. Employees allocate a portion of monthly earnings, pre-tax, that can be used for health or dependent care expenses, which can result in substantial tax savings to employees who participate in the FSA.
The maximum you may set aside for health expenses is $2,550 per year. Dependent care maximum amount is $5,000. To participate, you must sign up ANNUALLY online during open enrollment. To enroll go to enroll.asiflex.com and use the employer code USU. Remember that the money you set aside in your flexible spending account must be used within the same plan year.
MEDICAL AND DEPENDENT CARE FLEX SPENDING : Expenses may be incurred from July 1, 2015 through September 15, 2016. Medical and dependent care receipts must be submitted for reimbursement by December 15, 2016.
- FlexMinder: FlexMinder can monitor your health plan expenses through Regence BCBS to identify claims with qualified out-of-pocket health care expenses that can be reimbursed from your health care FSA. You can then direct FlexMinder to prepare and submit FSA claims for the identified claim amounts. This can be done as frequently as you wish. You can also allow FlexMinder to “shoe-box” the identified claims throughout the year and then submit only once at the end of the plan year. To learn more and to sign up, log into your FSA account at ASIflex.com and click on the FlexMinder icon.
- ASI Flex Mobile App: You can check your FSA account balance and file claims from your mobile device. The ASI Flex Mobile App is available at ASIflex.com, Google Play Store, or the App Store.
Note: If you elect the “Choice” HDHP, you are not eligible for the medical flex spending account, but you may sign up for the dependent care account.
Medical Flex Spending or Dependent Care Flex Spending Online Enrollment click here. The employer code requested is: USU
Health Savings Account (HSA)
Previous Contributions Continue - You May Adjust Contributions at Any Time
The Choice High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) encourages wellness and prevention, wise spending, and health-related savings. The HSA is available in conjunction with the HDHP.
An H.S.A. is a triple-tax-advantaged account where your contributions, account earnings,
and qualified withdrawals are tax-free. It is an individual account specifically for
qualified medical expenses.. USU partners with HealthEquity, an industry leader in
H.S.A. administration. Visit Health Equity to learn more about them.
The money you contribute into your H.S.A. is in an account controlled by you and it earns interest. It allows you to save as your budget allows so you’re prepared when those expenses come up.
H.S.A. money belongs to you if you change medical plans, take another job, or retire. You can make tax free contributions in 2015 to your H.S.A. up to $3,350/single or $6,650/family. This money continues to roll over each year.
Note: if you have “other coverage” such as coverage on an HSA qualified HDHP you are not eligible to both contribute to an H.S.A. due to tax implications.
Open your HSA or change your contributions
Fill out and return the Health Savings Account Payroll Deduction Form to Human Resources.
The Hartford - Life & Disability Insurances
SUPPLEMENTAL LIFE INSURANCE: The open enrollment period is the time to purchase additional Supplemental Life Insurance for yourself or your dependents. If you are interested in Supplemental Life Insurance, you may purchase it from The Hartford Insurance Company.
SHORT-TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE: If you have not already purchased Short-term Disability Insurance, you have the opportunity to apply for it during open enrollment. This is a very inexpensive way to protect your income if you experience a short-term disability.
During open enrollment, The Hartford will send a letter to your home explaining the premiums and coverage you have and how to make changes online or request Supplemental Life Insurance or Short-term Disability Insurance.
You may be required to provide evidence of insurability for Supplemental Life Insurance and Short-term Disability Insurance which may include a health questionnaire or exam. The Hartford will communicate directly with you regarding additional information required once they receive your request. Open enrollment is a good time to check beneficiary information on your life insurance policies.
Hartford - Life and Short Term Disability Insurances.
- Online Enrollment for Life Insurance and Short Term Disability - The online registration will be available on May 4th, 2015.
(To log in you will need information from The Hartford letter that will be mailed to your home address.)
Zurich - Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
During open enrollment, you may purchase Supplemental Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance from The Zurich Company. If you purchase AD&D insurance from The Zurich Company you will also have access to travel assistance insurance that offers medical, legal, and personal assistance when you are 10 or more miles from home.
Only During Open Enrollment
MetLaw Prepaid Group Legal / Hyatt Legal Plan
With MetLaw, the group legal plan made available by Hyatt Legal Plans, Inc., a MetLife
company, you have access to a network of attorneys on retainer for a low monthly premium
paid via payroll deduction. The monthly premium is $21.25. You will have access
to legal services and representation from local attorneys on a wide range of matters
including wills and estate planning, financial matters, real estate, traffic offenses
(DUI not included) and more. There are no co-pays or deductibles. For example, you
can have a local attorney prepare full estate planning documents for you and your
spouse for just $21.25 per month.
To learn more call 1-800-821-6400.
Once enrolled, you will be required to remain in the plan for the full benefit plan year. If you are already enrolled in the plan your coverage will automatically renew unless you call during open enrollment to cancel.
Bonus: New this year, by participating in the MetLaw® group legal plan, you are eligible for an additional discount on MetLife auto insurance of up to 10%. If you’re currently eligible you will need to call MetLife to have this discount applied. For more information call 1-800-GET-MET8 (1-800-438-6388).
MetLaw Hyatt Legal Services: Online Enrollment for MetLaw